Big Day Birthday — FMS136

Whew!  It’s another Wednesday already!  I think the month of May is always a whirlwind, even more so than December.  With all of the end of school activities, it just seems like there is always something going on.

I get the pleasure of being this week’s hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Here’s the sketch:

I needed a birthday card, so I pulled out the Birthday Basics dsp that I have left.  I also used the Chalk Talk stamp set and coordinating framelits.

Big Day BirthdayI also pulled out my sewing machine and added some crazy stitching around the main panel.  Some extra thread was looped under the focal image for fun.

Big Day Birthday close upWe hope you’ll be able to play along and post your creation in the Freshly Made Sketches gallery.  I’d love to see what you do with the sketch.  Meanwhile, you should go check out what the rest of the design team made.  They always inspire me!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Chalk Talk For You — FMS135

Another Wednesday already!  And we have another sketch challenge for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the fabulous Narelle Farrugia is our hostess, and she has a great sketch for us.

I haven’t used the Chalk Talk set in a while, so I pulled it out.  I paired it with the Etcetera dsp and used a few different ribbons, most of which are retiring.

Chalk Talk For You

I used Midnight Muse, Old Olive, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake for my color combination. I’ll miss Midnight Muse when it retires next month.

Chalk Talk For You Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card for this challenge.  You can see what the rest of the design team made at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Convention Group Swap

Well, here I am in Salt Lake city, and I can’t wait for Convention to start this evening.  One of the things that I love most about Convention is getting to see stamping friends that I don’t get to see very often.  I am blessed to belong to a really fun and talented group, and we always plan a card swap for convention.  We had our swap last night, and this is what I made for the swap this year.

Group Swap

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Chalk Talk
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Paper:  Pool Party, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, I am Me dsp
Embellishments:  Chalk Talk framelits, Extra-Large Oval punch, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape

Grungey Thanks

grungey chalk talk

I tell ya, this Gorgeous Grunge set is one fun set with which to play!  I may have gotten a little carried away with it on this card, but it was so fun I couldn’t stop.  This is my favorite color combo right now — Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, and Basic Gray.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Chalk Talk
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, and Basic Gray
Paper:  Whisper White
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Chalk Talk framelits, Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim, White Baker’s Twine

Grateful There’s You

Here’s a color combination that I really love — Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo, and Crisp Cantaloupe.

Grateful There's You

I copied this layout from a fabulous card made by the very talented Lynn Put.  Her card uses very different colors and a different theme, but I wanted to use the sketch.

I used markers to carefully color the stamp and it took me a while because it took me a couple of tries to get it right.  When I went to put my markers away I noticed that I hadn’t used Island Indigo after all — I’d accidentally used Midnight Muse.  Since I was out of time, I decided that it would blend in.  🙂

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Chalk Talk
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Midnight Muse (grrr!!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Venetian Romance dsp
Embellishments:  Large Scallop edgelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Extra-Large Oval punch, Fancy Flower punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Boho Blossoms punch, In Color Boutique Details